Standing Stones

Tucked away, many would say hidden, in the quiet countryside of Gower, stand nine of the most mysterious of the peninsula's historic monuments. Standing Stones, or menhirs - as they are also known - have, and continue, to pose difficult questions for archaeologists and historians alike. Despite often exhaustive research and excavations, very little is still known about these enigmatic megaliths.

Knelston Stone

An assorted number of reasons have been suggested for their existence, ranging from the astute to the frankly ridiculous. Funerary sites, way markers, boundary posts and ley line signifiers all number amongst present day theories for the stones existence. All that can really be stated, however, with any real authority is that these monuments were the work of Bronze Age man. But whatever theory the present reader ascribes to, these stones visual magnificence and historic importance can never be denied.

No-one knows exactly how many standing stones were once scattered around the Gower Peninsula. Recent theories have even suggested that one stood as far east as Penclawdd. Today, only nine remain to be visited.

Some of these stones are hidden amongst the tangled undergrowth of hedge boundaries and overgrown fields. None announce themselves to visitors in the manner of other megalithic Gower monuments such as Arthur's Stone (Cefn Bryn) and Giant's Grave (Parkmill). The stones' locations, even on the most detailed Ordnance Survey map, are vague to say the least.


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